SGO Issues

SGO Issues March 8, 2018

SGO joins movement to end clinician burnout
New SGO Board members to begin term after Annual Meeting
Journal commentary: SGO COR a successful pilot program
Full Annual Meeting schedule now available online
FWC survivors courses scheduled in Louisiana, California this spring
SGO joins women’s health organizations to observe International Women’s Day

SGO joins movement to end clinician burnout

SGO has joined more than 130 medical societies, health care institutions and other organizations committed to supporting clinician well-being and combating burnout. The SGO Wellness Task Force has issued an organizational commitment statement through the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.

Referencing a 2014 survey to SGO members in which almost one-third of respondents reported burnout, the authors noted, “The responsibility for promoting physician well-being lies not only with the physician, but also within the professional community and societies in which the physician works and his/her organization. We understand that by practicing wellness ourselves, we are best able to fulfill our roles as gynecologic oncologists and empower our patients and their families to optimize their health.”

The SGO statement details steps that the Society has taken to promote clinician wellness, including SGO website resources, monthly blog posts in SGO Issues, a pilot core curriculum to promote wellness education into the fellowship training programs, and wellness initiatives at the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer.

Reiterating SGO’s commitment to improving physician well-being and decreasing physician burnout, the statement closes with, “The Society recognizes the importance of combatting physician burnout as it relates to both the health and well-being of our physicians, and for public health implications to safeguard the continued high-quality care for women with gynecologic cancers.”

New SGO Board members to begin term after Annual Meeting

David E. Cohn, MD, from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, has been elected SGO’s president for the 2020-2021 term year. A total of 43 percent of SGO’s eligible voters participated in SGO’s sixth annual open election. The new members of the SGO Board of Directors will begin their terms after the Annual Meeting, March 24-27, 2018, in New Orleans, LA. SGO congratulates the following SGO members who were elected by their peers to serve on the Society Board:


President Elect II
David E. Cohn, MD
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Columbus, OH




Secretary-Treasurer Elect
Wendy R. Brewster, MD, PhD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC




Board Member
Angeles Alvarez-Secord, MD, MHSc

Duke Cancer Institute
Durham, NC




Board Member
Susan C. Modesitt, MD

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA



Candidate Member Representative
Elisabeth (Lisa) Diver, MD

Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA





Fellow-in-Training Representative
Emeline Aviki, MD, MBA

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Journal commentary: SGO COR a successful pilot program

In a Clinical Commentary for the March 2018 issue of Gynecologic Oncology, “Society of Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Outcomes Registry: From small beginnings come great things” the authors described the SGO Clinical Outcomes Registry (SGO COR) as a “feasible and successful” pilot program based on the accrual of over 7,000 patient records in nearly four years, noting that “Integration of the SGO COR into a cancer data ecosystem will be critical to new discoveries that will reduce the gynecologic cancer burden.”

In December 2017, SGO announced that SGO COR would no longer be accepting new patient records. Currently SGO is partnering with other larger cancer registries, such as the National Cancer Database (NCDB), as well as reaching out to CancerLinQ, a not-for-profit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

The authors noted that any data ecosystem has to be flexible to account for a rapidly changing health care environment. “Thus, a registry must be able to be amended quickly and seamlessly to adapt to its environment. In addition to currently capturing demographics, perioperative factors, staging and pathology, chemotherapy and radiation management, our registry needs to start collecting tumor molecular analysis and new targeted treatments. The resources required to obtain this level of nimbleness within a registry are great.”

The authors of the clinical commentary are Summer B. Dewdney, MD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Amy C. Dancisak, Society of Gynecologic Oncology, Chicago, IL; Jason A. Lachance, MD, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME; Edward C. Grendys, Jr., MD, Florida Gynecologic Oncology, Fort Myers, FL; Sean C. Dowdy, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Matthew Powell, MD, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; and John O. Schorge, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Full Annual Meeting schedule now available online

The full schedule for the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, March 24-27, in New Orleans, LA is now available on the SGO website. Full abstracts are embargoed until the morning of the date that they are presented. The full schedule and abstracts will also be accessible via the SGO Annual Meeting app, which will be available for download shortly before the meeting.

FWC survivors courses scheduled in Louisiana, California this spring

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is hosting a free Gynecologic Cancer Education Course on Friday, March 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. This course, sponsored by TESARO, will be focused on ovarian cancer and pre-registration is recommended. An Ovarian Cancer Education Course is also scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. Additional FWC survivor courses will be listed on the FWC website throughout the year.

SGO joins women’s health organizations to observe International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, SGO joins several leading health organizations–The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), AAGL (formerly known as the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)—in releasing a joint statement for International Women’s Day 2018.

In the statement, the women’s health care groups vow to “join together to observe International Women’s Day 2018 and pledge to continue our efforts, both domestic and abroad, to create a world where health care disparities will one day no longer exist and gender parity is achieved.”

In keeping with the theme for the 2018 International Women’s Day, “#PressForProgress” the statement adds, “All providers must work together to create an equitable health care system that serves everyone and, as women’s health care providers, we will continue to use our platform and status in society to share our knowledge, time and resources to improve women’s health around the world. It is our responsibility to stand up against acts and policies that harm and disadvantage women and challenge gender inequity whenever we are confronted with it.”

To sign the pledge to “#PressforProgress,” visit